FOR SALE:†††Banesto Racing Team bike from begining 90s. posted by: Alejandro on 4/16/2005 at 7:08:00 AM
For sell bike used by Xavier Lazpiur in Banesto Racing Team on begining 90s. I got the bike on a lotery made by the Banesto bank when the signed to Pinarello. Very well kept, the bike can be used both to ride or as memorabillia, Frame Razesa, fork Reynolds, Campagnolo Record equipment. If it would be all new, price will be higher than USD 7000.- I sell it for USD 2800.- Alejandro


MISC:†††Raleigh "Sprite" 5 & 10 sp. for a song posted by: JONathan on 4/16/2005 at 4:58:45 AM
I picked up a couple '70's "sprites' that are in premium condition! 23 inch frames with all European componentry.
A third bike is an unknown brand with a TA crank set and Italian stem. This one is very light with slightly oversized down-tube. Nice semi-ornate lugwork, but no rear derailer to shift the 5-sp. FW! The chain is setup as a 1-sp. on the small cog. Beat up paint job indicates the bike had considerable use. The Raleighs are ready to roll with a new set of treads; the low pressure clunky gummers are the only solution for the steel rims. These are especially good bikes to switch to alloy 700C wheels with Weinmann side-pulls. All 3 bikes for $20 (price of the large pizza that I was sent to pickup) seems unreal. My guess is the "sprite" must have been extremely popular with the bike-boom consumer as the 4 that I have are all in primo condition, like they have seen very slight service. This is typical for models that were low-end; ending up in the back of a garage for 30 years, before ending up in a thrift store. I never pass on these sturdy English mounts. Interesting is the 5-sp. with braze on shift-cable stops on the left side for adding a front derailer to get a 10-sp. going.
Note: I will try to combine pizza runs with bike purchases in the future. Nobody noticed the three hulks in back of the truck when I got back home.


   RE:MISC: Raleigh posted by marc on 4/16/2005 at 6:19:31 AM
I think I might have to try the pizza trick next time I bring an orphaned bike home. Although the next time i bring home a colnago or raleigh pro I might have to bring the girlfriend a diamond to distract her, that's what I get for teaching her values of bikes. I think you're right about the sprites, I've come across many in pristine covered in 30 years of garage dust condition. Although heavy, not quite as bad as schwinns, they're fun to ride because they're sturdy and will take a beating. I don't cringe if I hit a pothole with them and sometimes I pop a wheel off of the speed bumps in my alley.

AGE / VALUE:†††olmo special posted by: marc on 4/15/2005 at 1:41:06 PM
I picked this sad puppy up for 30.00 which included, frame, fork, headset, seat post, brooks b-17 saddle, fixed cup, original rear wheel with olmo hub; alloy rim; and regina gran sport corse freewheel, 3 out of 4 original wingnuts, and a very clean set of gran sport derailleurs.

I'm guessing early 60's. I've heard this was their bottom of the line bike, even so those lugs make it look pretty cool. I'm trying to decide what to do with it. some ideas: 1. strip the paint and have the whole frame chromed. 2. touch up the paint as best as I can and rebuild it close to original. 3. touch it up and build it as a fixie. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. If it is a low level frame I don't know if I can justify putting a ton of money into it.

here are some pics:


   RE:AGE / VALUE:†††olmo special posted by Gralyn on 4/15/2005 at 8:30:24 PM
I wouldn't mind to find an old Olmo myself. I don't have one.....but I keep an eye open for them.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:†††olmo special posted by Jim V on 4/16/2005 at 4:32:50 AM
Marc, thanks for posting the photos of your appealing-looking Olmo. When I bought my Olmo "De Luxe" from a bike shop in Pacific Beach (north San Diego) in June 1961, the "Special" was on the floor and priced at $140, then a respectable price for a ten-speed. I recall particularly the "Special" script decal, the wing-nuts and the Gran Sport derailleurs. I think all the components in your photos are original except the stem and the seat post clamp nut (the clamp itself is definitely original). If the bars are Ambrosio I'll bet they came with the bike when new. The short wheelbase gives a lively feel - a fun bike to ride. Nice looking Olmo badge too!

AGE / VALUE:†††BIANCH SPORT posted by: Kevin K on 4/14/2005 at 1:20:00 PM
Hi all. I need info on a Bianch Sport I just bought. Candy red color. Gold striping. Full fenders on a lugged frame. Still has the original white rubber Pirelli tires. Chrome is shot but paint and decals are very nice. Any info would be great. Thanks, Kevin

   :†††BIANCH SPORT posted by John E on 4/14/2005 at 3:27:26 PM
Tell me more about the components, Kevin. My first road bike was a 1962 Bianchi Corsa; mine was candy red with gold lug trim, whereas my brother's was gold with red trim. Original equipment included 26 x 1-3/8 x 1-1/4 Pirelli Stella whitewall tyres, steel Universal sidepull brakes, Huret Allvit derailleurs, Regina chain and freewheel, Magistroni headset, and Bianchi-branded leather saddle and crankset. Gearing was a 9-speed half-step (large-large crosschain was redundant): 52-47 / 13-16-19-23-26.

   †††BIANCH SPORT posted by John E on 4/14/2005 at 3:32:39 PM
A few more details: My serial number was 2F51703, the front forks were half-chromed, and the head tube and head lugs of my 21"/54cm C-T frame were made out of one seamed piece of metal, contoured to give the appearance of conventional separate lugs. The bike had a beautiful Edoardo Bianchi eagle brass head badge, in contrast to my 1980 Bianchi's decal. Handlebars were aluminum Ambrosios, and the wheels attached with wingnuts instead of quick-release. The rims were serrated steel Ambrosios.

   RE:†††BIANCH SPORT posted by Kevin K on 4/15/2005 at 2:03:49 PM
Hi John. How are you? Ok,components. It's different than other other bike I've owned. Odd looking seat tube clamp and headset. Lugged frame,3 piece cottered crankset with full guard. Single speed coaster brake hub. Very small,made in Western Germany. Generator light kit with dual headlights up front, small single tail light out back. No name. The paint and decals on the frame are real nice. Fenders ( mudguards ) have some scratches but no dents. The white rubber Pirelli tires are cracked but not too bad and still hold air very well. Look great with the red frame. The seat was covered so it's near mint. Red vinyl top, white side panels. Bianchi tag on back is so cool. I bought the bike as trade material for a couple swap meets here next weekend. The bike would look slick stripped down to the frame and built up as a single speed type bike. A friend told me his father bought him one of these new from Sears in the 60's though my bike looks a bit newer. Any ideads? Thanks John, Kevin

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by: jack on 4/14/2005 at 6:20:36 AM
Long time no post folks, after acquiring 20+ bikes I thought I'd better slow down. I even reluctantly parted with a v.pretty Inexternal Jubilee Sport($120) that was 4cm too large. Then feeling regretful, I stumbled across and bought an early-70's Grand Record w/o wheels ($100 ouch!). This bike is more my style with Nervex, T-A crank, NR derails in silver w/black HT and striping. The Reynolds 531 decal says 3 Tube and Campy dropouts with eyelets beg for fenders. Getting the T-A crank arms off w/o right puller was cute. A couple of wedges luckily did the trick. I don't why I'm such a sucker for vintage french...same reason I'm a sucker for a pretty face I guess.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by Gralyn on 4/14/2005 at 1:20:15 PM
I still have my Jubilee Sport. I like everything about it except it has the Maillard Helicomatic on doesn't shift very well. I put a different set of wheels on it - with better rear weighs more - but shifts a lot better.

Is the ($120) what you paid for it....or what you sold it for?

   RE:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by Eric Amlie on 4/14/2005 at 4:56:09 PM
Gee, $100 for an early seventies Grand Record sans wheels doesn't sound like a bad deal to me. I bought a frame & fork on ebay for $105 and then had to pay shipping on it. I had to do quite a bit of touch up painting on it(luckily, with black it was pretty easy to do). I built it up into a fixed gear using period correct high end(mostly Campy N.R.) parts and am well pleased with it. Maybe I was a fool to pay that much, but I don't ever see them selling cheap.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Motobecane Grand Record posted by jack on 4/15/2005 at 1:41:44 AM
The Jubilee Sport was a $25 thrift shop special (plus my time for R&R). Sold it for $120 only cause it was too big for me. I agree helicomatics are problematic (maybe they should have been named Problematics?), but they also have a cool vintage factor thats hard to duplicate if you want to keep the bike original. This Jubilee was 25" and at 23lbs v.light for its size, but the Inexternal tubing didn't have any lugs to show off. Fully chromed fork w/sloping crown was nice touch. By the way, the guy I sold it to loves it and has already ordered hammered Honjo fenders, B-72 saddle and Nitto stem and mustache bars w/bar-end shifters...amazing!

As far as what I paid for Grand Record, it was admittedly a good price...its just that I look at what I spend cumulatively and my profit from Jubilee was just plowed back into stable after only 2 days.

   RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Motobecane Grand Record posted by Gralyn on 4/15/2005 at 12:15:44 PM
My jubilee sport - weighed in somewhere between 21 and 22 lbs. I don't really have any problems with the Helicomatic - other than it just doens't shift as well as a more modern cog set.
I think around $100 is a pretty good deal for a Grand Jubilee. It's not all that likely I will ever find one at a thrift store (especially these days......all the bikes of this type (any 10-speed lightweight) have pretty-much dissappeared for thrift stores around here). But, among other things - I keep my eyes open for a Grand Jubilee.

   RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Motobecane Grand Record posted by jack on 4/16/2005 at 2:11:44 AM
Same here in N.Calif Gralyn, I rarely to go to thrift shops anymore because its mostly taiwanese and chinese. If you consider that 20yo bikes are the ones being donated or thrown out, that means bikes made in '85 and newer. By this time asian manufacture dominated so our beloved American, European and Japanese bikes were relatively rare then and are rarer now.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: Motobecane Grand Record posted by Gralyn on 4/16/2005 at 2:18:53 PM
I mean.....not even the asian-made bikes show up anymore....all the mid-to-late 80's stuff....very rarely see it......nothing like just a few years ago. I swear, it used to be like there were bikes in every thrift store I would visit - each time I, there might be one old taiwan-made bike to show up in 1 store - every 3 or 4 weeks.....that's about it.

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by Barry Corindia on 5/17/2005 at 2:16:35 AM
I have a Jubilee sport that Iím interested in selling. It's in perfect condition, if anyoneís interested email me at Iím in San Diego.

   RE:RE:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by Rosh on 7/23/2007 at 8:06:39 PM
I have an older Grand Record to sell. it's too big. Black, red trim and gold details. It is in about an 8.5 condition, maybe a 9. It has all Campy, Phillipe head and bars, original Brooks saddle, plus a new red/black Italia I added.The rear wheel is Mavic and the front is not, but hey are both nice.

It's very, very pretty and nice and I will be gald to send pictures. I would like to get mayber $175.00 for it. Posted 7/23/07

   RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:†††Motobecane Grand Record posted by Rosh on 7/23/2007 at 8:17:35 PM
Hey, I almost forgot. This Grand Record of mine is very artwork. It has fancy lugs, trimmed in gold. I think the bike is aluminum, but I cant tell. It is very tall. I would love to find out the year. It is older and was made in France. I don't know how to tell the height. ( I'm obviously a begiiner!)